Desk Station Ergonomic Assessment

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What is a Desk Station Ergonomic Assessment?

The overuse of computers and screens, also known as display screen equipment (DSE), can often lead to neck, shoulder, back or even arm pain. It also causes stress, fatigue and temporary eyestrain.

These  problems can be avoided equipment if set up correctly and good practice is applied. The start is what’s known as a 

How Office Athletes can help you?

As computers are now the most commonly used types of equipment used at work, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  introduced The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (HSDSER) to protect the health of those who work with computers and digitial display equipment.

Desk Station Ergonomic Assessment (DSE) is a legal requirement that both employers and employees must abide by.


Under the HSDSER, employers are required to:

  • Provide training and information for workers
  • Conduct a DSE workstation assessment
  • Take steps to reduce or eliminate risks
  • Ensure employees take regular breaks
    Provide an eye test if a worker on request

Failure to implement these actions can lead to penalties, fines and in severe cases criminal proceedings being brought against the employer by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).


Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (Sections 7-9) employees are required to co-operate with their employer regarding health and safety in the workplace and complete any training that relates to work equipment.

Failure to comply with reasonable health and safety procedures can lead to disciplinary action or potential dismissal as well as fines brought by the HSE.

DSEA: the business benefits

Proactively managing your companies DSE assessments  will help not only to ensure that your business meets the requirements of the regulations, but also benefits your business by:

  • Improving the health, wellbeing and morale of employees
    sustaining productivity as a result of reduced sickness absence
  • Minimising the likelihood of compensation claims for upper limb disorders (ULD)
  • Reducing administration costs
  • Encouraging positive behaviour and the adoption of DSE good practice

This activity is design to contribute to an improved organisational safety culture, thereby minimising DSE risk.

Our  three-step approach to minimising your DSE risk:

Step 1: Ergonomics e-learning and self-assessment

Each employee receives e-learning that targets their individual needs. Expert content devised by HSL supports compliance and encourages measureable behaviour change, whilst the system's integrated DSE self-assessment provides tailored feedback.

Step 2: Proactive business user engagement

'Healthy Working' features interactive content including video-based stretching exercises, smartphone apps, hot-desking advice and real-time feedback to encourage each employee's proactive participation in DSE assessment and management.

Step 3: Hassle-free DSE programme management

'Healthy Working' boasts a unique and powerful management module (called PACE) which provides a secure database, powerful workflow and task management tools and detailed reporting capabilities. This makes managing your DSE assessment programme easy, irrespective of the size or nature of your organisation.

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